About us

OUR TEAM


Rob Anderson, CEO, Musculoskeletal Australia

OUR TEAM

We provide information, education and support services to empower people living with arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and 150+ musculoskeletal conditions so that they can live well and get the most out of life. Meet our dedicated team and find out how they can help you today.



Staff

Consumer Services

Commercial Services

  • Karla Wignall – General Manager, Commercial Services | 03 8531 8000
  • Gabi Massey – Fundraising and Events Manager | 03 8531 8011

Corporate Services

  • Kay Mwaba – General Manager, Corporate Services | 03 8531 8016
  • Deborah Peppard – HR Manager
  • Michelle Ryan – Accounting
  • Elliott Smith – Organisation Coordinator | 03 8531 8000

Innovation and Technology

  • Dean Walker – General Manager, Innovation and Technology | 03 8531 8010
  • Darren Hynes – Systems Manager | 03 8531 8000

Board of Directors


Dipak Sanghvi

Dipak Sanghvi

B.Sc Pharm, FACPPM, FAICD


Chair

Dipak is a pharmacist and owns a group of pharmacies in Victoria. He is the Chair Monash Health Board and Chair of Member Benefits Australia Pty Ltd. Previous positions held include President of the Pharmacy Guild during 2006-2011, Chair of Gold Cross Products and Services Pty Ltd, Chair of Return of Unwanted Medicines, Board Member of Guild Insurance and Superannuation Company and Merridian Lawyers and several other Board positions in community and the pharmaceutical industry.
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Jade Rowarth

LLB(Hons)/BBus(Mgt) GAICD


Deputy Chair

Jade is General Counsel and Head of Stakeholder Relations at GB Energy Holdings Limited. She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia in 2002. Jade has practiced in Australia and the United Kingdom. She completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course in 2011 and has worked extensively with boards during her career.
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Arthur Charlaftis

Arthur Charlaftis


Arthur has served as the Chief Operating Officer – International at REA Group Limited from 2015 until early 2017. As REA Group’s Chief Operating Officer – International, Arthur Charlaftis was responsible for leading the international operations of REA Group, including Southeast Asia and a strategic investment in North America. He also managed the Group’s international strategy including international mergers and acquisitions. Arthur joined REA Group in August 2011 as General Manager, Sales & Operations. In this role, Arthur was responsible for sales strategy, customer service and operational efficiencies across the residential, commercial, developer and media businesses. He has more than 20 years’ experience in sales, marketing and business development including nine years with multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Prior to joining GSK, Arthur worked for Lilly For 13 years and gained valuable international experience working in Puerto Rico, the West Indies, and Central America. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



David Charles

David Charles

CA, GAICD


Chair Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

David has extensive experience in a variety of sectors including funds management, real estate, hospitality and pubs, and banking. David has previously held positions in ASX listed organisations including as CEO and Managing Director of Hotel Property Investments Ltd, and Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the Redcape Hotel Group. David has also held senior finance roles at Coles Group Ltd, Spotless Group Ltd, Ansett Australia and Citibank UK. His skills include organisational leadership, stakeholder relations, corporate governance, risk management and finance. David completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course in 2018 and has actively worked in corporate Boardrooms over the last decade.
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George Kalomallos

BSc, Grad Dip BM, MBM


Since 2013 George has served as Director of the Comfort Feet Podiatry Group and Managing Director of Comfort Feet Podiatry Franchising. As Managing Director of the Group’s Clinics, George is responsible for overseeing the growth of the Clinic Footprint in Australia as well as the Strategic Development of Products and Services. Prior to that George served in several Senior Executive roles for Vodafone Group PLC spanning over 13 years, including roles in Strategy, CRM & Online, and Mergers & Acquisitions.
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John McLindon

John McLindon

BComm(Jour)


John is an executive leader with a distinguished career using data insights to develop policy, and deliver effective communication and campaign strategies. John is the Co-Founder and Director of data and analytics firm The Red Fox Group where he advises some of the country’s most successful companies on data-driven strategies. John also has experience at the highest levels of government, including four years as the Chief of Staff to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
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Natalie Sirianni

Natalie Sirianni


Natalie is a qualified Business Broker with an extensive background in the pharmacy industry. She has Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Melbourne which included majors in Actuarial Studies, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics. Natalie’s work experience includes several roles managing various aspects such as valuations for pharmacies, research & statistics management. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Business Brokers (AIBB).

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Erica Traicos


Erica is an executive leader with more than 20 years’ experience in human resources and organisational effectiveness across large and mid-sized financial, professional services, mining and public policy industries.  Her previous experience includes executive roles with GMHBA, Guild Group, BHP Billiton, Grattan Institute and ANZ Bank, encompassing human resources, generalist operations, project and planning portfolios. Erica holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science from La Trobe University, a Graduate Diploma in Business from Victoria University and several professional accreditations, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Prof Peter Choong

Prof Peter Choong

MBBS, MD, FRACS, FAOrthA


Director Emeritus

Peter is an orthopaedic surgeon, Director of Orthopaedics at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sir Hugh Devine Professor of Surgery and Head of Department of Surgery at The University of Melbourne. In addition, he is the Chair of the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Service at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Peter is also is a clinical academic with substantial involvement in teaching, training and research.  He has held many national and international leadership positions including President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Chair of the Board in Orthopaedic Surgery at the RACS, and Chair of the Musculoskeletal Clinical Leadership Group at the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.
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Philip W Thomas

Philip W Thomas

M. ComLaw, B Bus, Grad Dip CSP, FCIS, ASA, FFin, FCSA, FGIA, MAICD


Company Secretary

Phillip is a Chartered Company Secretary with experience in boardroom activities, commercial accounting including activities in financial restructuring, business assessment, strategic development, corporate governance and risk management and assessment, and governance training. Phillip is a specialist in governance, compliance and risk management and mitigation and is a Senior Course Director with the Governance Institute Australia.



Consumer Advisory Committee

The Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) supports the Musculoskeletal Australia Board and management on the strategic direction and future planning of our programs and services. Find out more about the work of the MSK Consumer Advisory Committee.


Angela Brown

Angela Brown


Chair

Angela is a Wailwan/Ngemba woman. She has had rheumatoid disease since 2013, osteoarthritis, and a few other chronic illnesses. Angela thinks that musculoskeletal conditions can be a daunting diagnosis. Angela feels very privileged to have joined the MSK Consumer Advisory Committee and be given the opportunity to be a more vocal and supportive advocate for musculoskeletal conditions. Angela wants to be a change agent for awareness of the high impact musculoskeletal diseases have on people’s lives. Through community awareness and support, Angela believes we can contribute to people’s wellbeing, both physical and mentally.



Peter Button

Peter Button


Peter has a lower back injury and so his lower back and left hip and leg is often quite sore and needs constant treatment with massage, chiropractor and heat packs of an evening. As a semi-retired executive manager, he finds working with groups like MSK a great way to use his skills and learn at the same time.  He is an experienced Board member of a range of community welfare and health services, as well participating in co-design projects to improve services for consumers. He is a Deputy Chair for Youth Housing Project, an Ambassador for Beyond Blue, and consumer advocate for Health Consumers Qld and Qld Department of Health.



Phil Cole

Phil Cole


Phil is a former soldier of 10 years in the British Army with a long experience in navigating both UK and Australian health systems. His work life has been varied – soldier, carpenter, IT analyst and now a full-time small business owner in the events sector, not forgetting Dad to a crazy toddler! His health journey is not unlike most – a slow degenerating and often debilitating painful MSK condition that has been difficult to fully categorise, diagnose and ultimately treat. Phil has experienced a long history of trial medications and is keen to give back and use that lived experience to assist others. 



Anne Gleeson

Anne Gleeson


Anne was diagnosed 11 years ago with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a condition of the nervous system causing immense pain; it can be caused by injury, surgery, or trauma – in Anne’s case, it was following a total knee replacement intended to alleviate osteoarthritis. During her working life as an organisational state manager, Anne had extensive experience on committees at both local and state levels. Anne’s condition, however, has greatly impacted her career, financial situation and family life. Anne really believes in the work being undertaken by MSK and wants to be involved further by being a CAC member.





Rachael Havrlant

Rachael Havrlant


Rachael was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2014. Learning to manage her condition with a young family has been a rollercoaster journey. Rachael recently joined the MSK Consumer Advisory Committee as an opportunity to contribute to the work of MSK and to give back as a consumer, rather than a health worker. Rachael has worked in various management and project roles in the NSW health system for over twenty years. Rachael is very passionate about person-centred care, meaningful consumer engagement and ensuring equity in accessing health services.



Paul Klotz

Paul Klotz


Paul spent 30+ years in senior roles In the Information Technology and Telecommunications Industry before succumbing to several life-changing, health events. After a turbulent adjustment period, he came to terms with the many mental and physical health conditions that now dominate his life – chronic back pain, Dupuytren’s contracture, arthritis and knee and shoulder pain. Yet, at the same time, this life change provided a platform for new meaning and purpose with Paul making contributions in the areas of mental health, suicide prevention and now, musculoskeletal health. Paul’s goal is to combine his business acumen with his extensive lived experience to improve the lives of others facing health issues.



Annie McPherson

Annie McPherson


Annie, now 65 years, has been living with the ankylosing spondylitis (AS) for over 40 years. This inflammatory condition affects her mobility and flexibility including her back, neck and peripheral joints.  After complications from her AS, related osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, Annie was forced to retire at 47. In 2005, Annie co-founded the Ankylosing Spondylitis Victoria Inc. peer support group and remains President. She is passionate about health advocacy, awareness and supporting people with AS.  She has been involved in health consumer representative work and research with MSK for over 15 years and has been a consumer representative on various other committees.



Kaylene O'Niel

Mikayla O’Neill


Mikayla lives in regional Victoria and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at the age 0f 12. Having RA has affected Mikayla’s quality of life, as there are a lot of everyday tasks that are difficult for her and the ongoing treatment for RA is extensive. Despite all this, Mikayla’s outlook for the future is positive and she hopes that, in time, she can be pain free and be able to live somewhat of a normal lifestyle. She also has an Instagram page dedicated to her journey with RA and shares her life with people to show them the good and bad days dealing with RA.






Sophie Thompson


Developing symptoms at age 17, it would be three years before Sophie received a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Now 30, Sophie has navigated tertiary studies, travel, work and relationships with a chronic illness. Sophie works in Program Management in the not-for-profit sector. In her role, she often reaches out to those with lived experience for their input to various campaigns – and decided she could do the same for others living with Musculoskeletal conditions. She is particularly interested in assisting other young adults with inflammatory conditions.




Patrons-in-Chief

  • The Honourable Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria
  • Mr Anthony Howard AM QC

Patrons

  • Professor Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE FAA FRS

Honourary Life Governors

  • Heather Rose



Musculoskeletal Australia (or MSK) is the consumer organisation working with, and advocating on behalf of, people with arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, gout and over 150 other musculoskeletal conditions.

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